Mission & Values | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Mission & Values

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Mission statement 

Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

Values & aspirations

At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, we work to create a just, thriving food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. We establish partnerships with impacted communities, support grassroots and coalition organizing, and facilitate relationships and networks of partners and other allies— state, national and international—in order to build a more powerful movement.

We aspire to live out the following values in our work:

Collaboration

By sharing our skills in science, communication and organizing through equitable relationships with impacted communities, we provide scientific tools and processes they can own and use in the service of self-identified campaigns.

Diverse approaches lead to wise and appropriate solutions to complex problems. Diversity builds resilience. We embrace and actively seek a wide-range of  viewpoints, striving to create meaningful and respectful space for partners, staff and board members with different identities and life experiences.

Equity

People have the right to food that is safe, healthy, accessible and culturally appropriate. We support people's’ right to determine their agricultural policies and actively seek to name and counter systemic oppression in our food system, working with those communities most impacted to shift policies and practice that support healthy, regenerative, just food and farming. By listening to, learning from and amplifying the voices of our partners, we bring the stories and struggles of those impacted by pesticides to the fore in our campaigns.

We try to examine our own power and privilege in all situations. PAN is strengthened by sharing leadership and leveraging power to support  campaigns and partners in frontline communities. We work to actively curtail the impact of our own power and privilege when they are a disservice to equity.

Solidarity

PAN remains true to our origins in the Global South through active alliance with PAN International and partners in the Global South. Our campaigns are rooted in — and honor — this long history, and our work moves forward with respectful partnerships and honest communication. As a global network, we strive for international equity.

We take action to deepen our understanding of oppression and to stand in solidarity with others who are dedicated to building a just world. We commit to being a visible ally and taking public positions not only on oppression within the food system, but also within the broader social justice movement.